Catwoman is the archetypal image of a strong, sexy woman and a popular choice for Halloween and costume parties. A Catwoman costume is easy to put together from items in your everyday wardrobe. Just add a few key accessories and a major dose of attitude and your costume is complete.
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If you have leather items in your wardrobe, they can be used in your Catwoman ensemble. Leather or faux leather trousers are an obvious choice for the bottom half of your Catwoman costume. If you don't have leather trousers, you can purchase inexpensive leggings that are designed to look like leather. You can also use black leggings. If you have a leather bustier or a bustier with leather details, use it as a top. You can also use a plain black camisole and throw a leather jacket overtop of it.
Shop for a cat mask in costume shops and party stores. Look for a mask that covers your eyes or three-fourths of your face, leaving your lips exposed so you can wear red or black lipstick. Try to find a mask that has a satin or leather looking finish. You can also purchase a plain black Zorro style mask and wear cat ears. You can papier-mache a mask using crepe paper and paint.
Tail and Claws
Decide whether or not your Catwoman costume will have a tail or claws. These details aren't necessary but can pull your costume together. You can purchase long acrylic nails and paint them black. Fake catlike nails can be purchased at dollar stores and party stores, especially around Halloween. They're usually made of black plastic that clips around your finger tips. If you purchase a package of cat ears, a tail is usually included. A tail can tie together the Catwoman look, but it can also get caught in doors and make sitting uncomfortable.
If you're wearing leather trousers you could wear black high heels, flats or boots. If you're wearing plain black leggings, you'll want to wear knee or thigh-high black boots. A higher heel will elongate your body and give your feet a catlike appearance. Flat shoes may be more practical depending on the event you'll be attending and how much standing and walking you'll be doing. Don't wear high heels if they hurt your feet or make you uncomfortable.
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